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Subject: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Jazzyjack
Date: 30 Nov 02 - 11:44 PM

Yes I know this must have been done before and may bore everyone to tears, but I'm new ( but not new at all to folk music ). I would like to know something about you cats to see where you're coming from so a) what's your instrument   b) what and where do you play.
I play a Martin D3R ( a cheaper version of the D35 ). There are no fewer than 10 folk societies that hold monthly open stages near me here on Vancouver Island, Canada and I am trying to host 2 others in a restaurant and a nightclub. I do about an equal amount of finger picking and strumming and most of my material is from Canadian folksingers which I hope to promote to those of you unfamilar with them.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: GUEST,Anahootz, naked and cookieless in AK
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 01:12 AM

I play a Martin d-28, but only when I play guitar.
I play a host of mandolins, including a Hughes, a Coleson, a Silver Angel, and a Docy, but again, only when I am playing mandolin.

I play all of these, in combination, wherever and whenever I can, and with whomever I can get to stay in the same place for a bit.

I just got back from "novemberfest" a small gathering in town, after picking for 5 hours in a few workshops, on a stage, in a bathroom, and a big closet.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: GUEST,Paul
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 01:32 AM

I too play a guitar. Sometimes I play the fool.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: DonMeixner
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 01:58 AM

Guild F-30

Martin's O 16-NY and JC 16 GTE

Yamaha FG 180 Red Label

Ode Long neck 5 String

Harmony Sovereign 5

OS Appalachian 15 with melodic conversions

Golden Melody Hohners

Pich, Bridge, Euchre, and Cribbage

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: GUEST,Nick
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 02:56 AM

Please tell me what Canadian Folk singers I am not aquainted with.
Nick


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Songsmith
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 03:03 AM

Hello,

I play a 1997 Taylor 810-WMB and an awesome Nova Scotia built 1974 Tom Dorward Dread. I'm a Canadian singer/songwriter living and working in the Middle East. I have a good friend out your way by the name of Valdy. He's played the Dorward by the way and endorses it as "wow! what a meaty guitar"

I'm looking forward to hearing about other Canadian folkies I may not know about. Bring it on.

Jim


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Mudlark
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 03:43 AM

Martin 016-NY, and less often, a McSpadden dulcimer. Old folkie from the early 60's so sing lots of Brit. Isles trad folk songs, plus some 20's-40's, plus some contemporary folk music. My playing ability falls far short of my passion for this music, alas, but I continue to struggle with barre chords.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 03:44 AM

I play Washboard, kazoo (and the fool) all in the privacy of my padded cell.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Chip2447
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 05:32 AM

Got my Katie, a little Harmony guitar whose Auburn back, bold voice and fiesty temper suggested her name. She's a little el cheapo japanese model, but the best sounding lil inexpensive geetar that I've ever heard. Unfortunatly, I don't play well at all.
    Then theres quiet Molly, who is another very inexpenisve guitar, I hesitate to call Molly cheap, she's been a friend for a long time. Molly had some problems a few years back, her belly pooched out, and her neck was dislocated, and she was starting to have a nervous break down (she was coming unglued}. She needed bridge work and some tlc. Quiet Molly let me try my hand at putting her back together. I'm quite pleased with her now, she's mellow and sweet sounding, and I've been complimented several times by REAL players on how she sounds and plays.
    Then we come to my babies, I am an affirmed Ocarinageek having some   20 or 25 ocarinas right now, from the tiny soprano Simone to BIG BERTHA the bass, {looks like you are kissing a big turtle when you play her}
Along with those two I have nearly every size in between including Isabella the baritone with the Haunting, meloncholy voice.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Chip2447
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 05:35 AM

OOPS, got carried way with the return key...
    On these little beauties I play everyting from rock and roll to traditional angloe celtic. The tune book that I'm putting together has some where in the neighborhood of 200 tunes in it right now ans more alsways waiting in the queue to get in.

Chip2447


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: banjomad (inactive)
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 05:41 AM

I play a Vega Whyte Laydie short scale tenor banjo,
a Paul Shippey oval hole mandolin,
Fylde mandolin and Fylde mandola,
all great instruments but mostly I also play the fool[ very well ]

Cheers, Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Oaklet
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 06:09 AM

At the moment, I am playing a dreadful loan instrument whilst my beloved and curvaceous Klotz copy fiddle is being restored. It was handed to me by its creator with the news that it was his final examination piece at the Newark school of instrument making. I am not ungreatful, but I had to ask him very pointedly if he passed!

It makes noises though.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 06:33 AM

I have four acoustic guitars, two electric guitars, a mandola, a mandolin or two, a fiddle, two or three banjos, a banjo-mandolin and various and sundry other stuff. I can remember the makes on some of them, some don't have a brand name on them, and I haven't the faintest idea what model numbers any of them are. The music that comes out of them is only as good as the music that comes out of me. They fit me well and play what I hear in my head. For someone who is primarily a singer, who rarely plays with other musicians, the sound of the instrument is most important to me, and the model number isn't necessarily the best measure of that. I bought an Alvarez Signature guitar (one of the few instruments I can remember the name AND model, a few years ago and was fortunate enough to be able to play four or five of them and pick the one that sounded best. They were all the same model and the same price, but there was a fair range of sound to them (to my ears.)

Six years ago, I bought an electric guitar... a Hamer. I never heard of the name before. I played a half a dozen different brands and models of guitars in the store, some with makes you'd recognize. But, the Hamer sounded better than any other guitar I played in the store, so I bought it. I also liked the look of it and its Cherry Red color. For electric guitars, I've seen models for a thousand dollars that I wouldn't be caught dead playing because in my eyes they look ridiculously stupid.

The most gifted musician I ever knew, or heard was Luke Faust. He could play the cheapest, warped neck mexican guitar and make it sing sweeter than any $3,000.00 brand name. Plywood topped mandolins sounded like Gibsons in his hands. I've heard people play Gibson mandolins, and all that came out of them were a lot of notes. For a long time, his only guitar was a cheap nylon string mexican guitar someone left behind when they crashed in his apartment. The neck was pulling away from the body, so the action was a mite high, so he asked me to fix it. I ended up accidently breaking the neck from the body, trying to fix it, but got it re-attached with the action lowered to a reasonable level, and he played that guitar for a long time. I had to have better instruments than Luke did, because the music inside of me wasn't as good as his, so I had to compensate..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 11:18 AM

English concertina, Wheatstone model E2. I spent more than a year haunting every music shop and hock shop I saw. When I came to Bronen's in the Bronx, I walked in and saw a collection of the usual mother of toilet seat anglo's but asked anyway. the clerk brought out what is now my concertina, Virginia. I tried her and found everything to be in good working order. They asked $250 and I put down a deposit, saying I would be back the next day. [This before everyone had 3 or 4 credit cards.]

When I came back, the shop owner asked me to take $250 on top of my deposit. I refused and stuck to the deal because I could not afford what he really wanted.

I have tried many other instruments [and even owned 2 others] but have always come back to Virginia.

In addition, I play the kazoo [So many songs seem to demand it!] and am learning the full sized xylophone that I found in a dumpster. I may even bring it out in public in the next year or two.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: GUEST,coinwolf
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 11:24 AM

I am blind in one eye, only have one leg and play the fiddle.
I beat the rhythm with my wooden leg and tail!

See www.uptonfolk.org


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: dorareever
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 11:39 AM

I play myself..*lol* no,it doesn't sound very good if I tell it like that ;)...I mean,I sing.

I play rhytm guitar too,if you want an instrument.
I have lots of other instruments I can play badly or I can't play at all: an electric bass guitar,a violin,a tin whistle,a 4-string banjo,two maracas,an harmonica,my old middle school recorder (I can play it still...a bit...but I don't like recorders much :( and it's made of plastic,bleah!!)...bass and banjo and maybe harmonica I guess I will try to learn better...the rest I don't know...I guess I'll keep buying and/or storing things I can't play ;) Is like a fever,if I have money and I am in a music shop I have to buy something...thw violin I didn't buy it,I'm not so crazy.I only buy cheap instruments.

My cats don't play.They dance instead.And sleep on guitars.One is not very interested in music,the other likes Johnny Cash but overall music isn't their main interest.They appreciate my voice and guitar playing,but they hate harmonica sounds.;)


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 12:03 PM

Hey Jerry-
Do you know whatever happened to Luke Faust? I haven't seen him in 45 years.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 12:10 PM

To all of the newbies in this thread: Welcome to the Mudcat!

coinwolf, love that pegleg! Looks like a really nice fest.

Mountain/Apple-lay-shun/Lap dulcimer "Peaches", sometimes fiddle (need to practice!), Navajo flute, voice box:-)and I've a baritone uke I need to restring and...well....you got it, practice (the three chords I know on it!*bg*)

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: black walnut
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 12:11 PM

Hi Jazzyjack. I'm in Toronto. I play Celtic harp (Josephus, made in B.C.), dulcimer (Bear Meadow, made in Rochester), piano (old and broken), and a bit of open-string guitar and things.

I sing at song circle, and have been known to perform at open stages, benefits, weddings and choral concerts, often with my music partner guitarist Jeff Morrison.

My daytime passion is teaching early childhood music to children ages 3 months to 3 years, with their grownups.

I am in the middle of recording a CD of early childhood music for Merriweather Records at Ken Whiteley's studio. The musicians who have joined me so far include Ben Grossman (percussion), Kirk Elliot (fiddle and Irish whistle), Arnie Naiman (banjo), Kathy Reid-Naiman (dulcimer and voice), and Ken himself, playing everything from soup to nuts (piano, accordian, bass, teacup.....). I'm having the time of my life!

I am very proud of the Canadian folk music community. We have great talent in this country. I have had Eileen McGann and David Francey, with Dave Clarke, do house concerts in my living room. Other folk heros of mine include Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross, Katherine Wheatley and Rick Fines.

I attend many folk festivals every summer, and one of my favourites was the Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2001.

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Genie
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 12:39 PM

My oldest and favorite guitar is an old Martin 00018. I use that for most song circles, jams, and gigs where I really want the guitar to sound good and don't need to amplify it.
For my everyday work (playing and singing at retirement and nursing homes and senior centers, etc.) and whenever I need to amplify the guitar and don't think a mic will work well, I play a cutaway acoustic-electric Sigma (roughly the same size and shape as the Martin).
I like direct-ins for amplifying my guitar, since I move around a lot when I play and sing, and it's really hard to keep a guitar mic positioned properly.
I also have about 8 more guitars (a Martin Backpacker, a 3/4 size Ibanez, 2 dreadnought style flattops, an electric, an Takamine Jasmine cutaway acoustic-electric nylon-string, an Alvarez that's the same size and shape as my Martin but needs a peg replaced, and an old Gibson LGO which is nice to play but doesn't stay in tune very well, and another Sigma which I play when I'm in San Diego).

The Backpacker has turned out to be quite convenient for keeping by the computer when I'm working on sheet music or lyric/chord sheets. The Ibanez is great for travelling when a full size guitar would be too unwieldy. I haven't really learned to play the electric yet, but I want to. Several of the others I'd like to sell, but I haven't got around to it yet. It's nice to keep one or two of the cheaper guitars on stands in the house, though, so I can grab one when I want to plunk out a tune. (I like to keep the better guitars in their cases so the cats can't knock them over.)

For fun, I play at jams and song circles in Seattle, Portland, and (a few times a year) in San Diego, as well as at the various folk singer gatherings in the Pacific NW (RainyCamp, SunnyCamp, Camp Runamuck, Singtime Frolics, etc.) and at NW Folklife Festival in Seattle on Memorial Day weekend.

Come play music with us "south of the border" sometime, JJ--OK?

Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: CarolC
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 02:13 PM

Welcome to the Mudcat Jazzyjack.

I play a beautiful 120 bass, 41 key "Super Midget", Italian piano accordion. The dealer who sold it to me thinks it was built at the Crucianelli factory. It's about 1/2 the size of most other 120 bass, 40+ key piano accordions, and it has as sweet a sound as any accordion I've ever heard.

My favorite music to play is traditional Finnish music, but I also play some pieces from England, Scotland, France, Canada, and the US. I recently married a native Newfoundlander, and he's been teaching me some of the traditional music of that amazing place.

I sometimes play at jam sessions and open mics, but mostly I play at home here in Georgia (USA).


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Jazzyjack
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 02:22 PM

To Nick and black walnut; Go on the web and get aquainted with Eileen Laverty, Todd Butler, Tim Williams Kristin Sweetland and Andy Ruszel. These are Canadian artists with totally different styles. I also am keen on Americans Jack Williams, Jonelle Mosser and Kathleen Wilhoite.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Genie
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 02:25 PM

And, oh, JJ, you asked WHAT (music) we play, too. If I CAN sing and play it and I LIKE it, I do. Don't care if it's folk, show tunes, Gospel, R&B, reggae, show tunes, rock 'n' roll, semi-classical, Tin Pan Alley, c/w, or whatever. Judging from your chosen Mudcat "handle," sounds like you may venture from the "strictly folk" fold PRN, too, eh?

Welcome aboard.

Genie
¤;-D


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: RangerSteve
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 02:29 PM

Mostly I play a Deering 5 string banjo - the Vega copy, Lee Oscar harmonicas, an Oscar Schmidt autoharp, and a Gibson tenor guitar from around 1954. I have a Cort 6 string guitar that I'm learning to play, and I keep a Saga banjeurine by my computer for playing while I'm waiting for things to download.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Jim Krause
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 02:48 PM

In answer to your question, click here. Find photo here. That way I don't have to type so much.
Jim


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: bigchuck
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 03:35 PM

Oh geez lessee....guitars; Taylor 710, Gibson Hummingbird, Martin 000-15S, occasionally a luthier-made 12 fret slothead Dreadnaught; 1920 Gibson A mandolin, a mando I made about 10 years ago; Deering Vega Little Wonder banjo; 1910 Howe-Orme Mandola (tuned as octave mandolin); Flatiron 'zook. I play at various jams around home (central Vt)and with my band Woodchucks' Revenge around northern New England.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: KateG
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 04:34 PM

Mountain Dulcimer (a McSpadden and a FolkRoots baritone tuned down to G), Guitar (an Alvarez Regency Folk, laminated top but a really nice sound for a small-bodied starter guitar), Irish flute (one of Ralph Sweet's redesigned six hole, keyless models), recorders (a hold-over from my days as an early-music freak, fortunately I recovered)and in odd moments, tin whistle.

My husband plays Mandolin (a Ditson bowl-back that I found and had restored for him, he's learning fast and will soon be in the market for something a bit more up-to-date), harmonicas (Herings, but he used to love Hohner Golden Melodies till the dreaded metal allergy set in) and ocarina.

We also have an assortment of kazoos, jaw harps, shaker eggs, spoons and other musical gizmos that we pick up when the mood strikes.

What do we play? Old time fiddle tunes, Celtic, Sixties folkie stuff (I learned to play guitar in high school and am coming back to it after a 30 year hiatus), and just about anything else that we can fake or follow along with. Blues and bluegrass are still beyond us...it's that barre chord thang. But we're game, and practicing.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Malachy
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 08:37 PM

I used to have a Gibson Hummingbird. Ma bought it for me on my 18th birthday. It met an untimely end in the back of a transit van , when a PA speaker fell on it....I only had a soft case for it!! My sister baled me out..I was strapped for cash....and lent me £40 . With it I bought an Eko 6 string (a tough little number). That was back in 1984...I still use it to this day, it still sounds great! More recently I bought a very flash looking Crafter. Dark blue, cut away ,semi acoustic..looks great,sounds great, but it has no soul. I always run back to my Eko.
Oh yeah ..and as Katlaughing might remember,I just got back together with me aul' Dulcimer (Appalachian)after 5 years....Having a whale of a time with it now.
I think I should get out more!!
Oiche mhaith!
Mal.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Bobert
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 08:45 PM

TO ALL CATTERS: Congrates on not draggin' up a bunch of old threads, well, unless I missed a couple blue clickies...

Jazzer-catter: Welcome..

Ahhhh: My only two real instruments: '35 Gobson Tenor guitar, '63 Martin D-18.

My top beaters: Fender La Brea, Regal steel bodied Resonator

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 01:58 AM

Instrumentwise, I play several stringed instruments including guitar, 5-string banjo, tenor banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, dobro, hammer dulcimer, and autoharp. I listed the guitars in my collection in a previous thread. Click here if you wanna see what they are. Stylewise, I play Irish and old-time music in a couple of groups, mostly swing music when just playing for myself, bluegrass when I have to, and just about anything except rap and heavy metal if I'm just picking with friends.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Greycap
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 03:11 AM

D-28, D-18, Santa Cruz F-128, Takamine Santa Fe & a Keith Young Autoharp


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: mooman
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 04:56 AM

Custom Lakewood M-18 acoustic guitar (always open-tuned)

Old Antoria classical guitar

100+ year old French "parlour guitar" (for slide only)

Handmade custom electronics electric guitar (given me as a parting present by its maker leaving for more tropical climes)

Chris Eccleshall A.5 "Pearly" mandolin

Terry Docherty octave mandola

Lyon and Healy 1925 short-scale tenor banjo

Roland Meinl and Supercussion congas and bongos

Numerous and various un-named Indian and African drums and other percussion items

Chieftain D whistle

(I also own a piano and Roland synth but claim even less competence on these than the other instruments!)

I play, in almost equal proportions: traditional Irish and other "Celtic" (ducking!) music, folk (some traditional but mainly contemporary), blues, some jazz "standards", Latin (mainly salsa), acoustic "rock" (if one can define such a genre!) and Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band type "goodtime" rock. I also teach Irish traditional, guitar and mandolin.

In my spare time I work as science director of a medical association!

All the best

moo


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Lanfranc
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 04:57 AM

Guitars: Martin D18, SPD16, DM12; Washburn Woodstock, EA20-12, J200 copy, WG2S; Yairi Mod 20 Classic, Guild Starfire II and Tanglewood Custom electrics, Outbound Travel Guitar.

Mandolins: Oscar Schmidt, Ozark Electro-Acoustic

5-String Banjo: Washburn B-7

Appalachian Dulcimer; by George Bowden, Palma, Mallorca

Bowed Psaltery: by Chris Harvey, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Baglama, Saz, Oud

Piano by Steinmayer, Keyboard by Technics

Running out of space in my Den/Office!

Used, with vocals, to produce an eclectic mix of folk, country, early and 20th C pop music. (including songs by several Canadian songwriters, you'll be pleased to hear - Cohen, Mitchell, Lightfoor, Smith, Tyson etc)

Alan


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 07:26 AM

A 1929 Conn B-flat trumpet I bought used in 1964, and it still sounds as sweet as when it came out of the factory -- and I have an original mouthpiece for it, too.

I'm trying to regain what I once knew about playing the piano on an electronic keyboard, but it's painfully slow!

When I play, I play: popular stuff from the '50s and '60s, Irish folk music, Civil War music, folk music from the late '50s and '60s, and so on. I just bought "O'Neill's Music Of Ireland" (reprint), and have such titles as the "Mitchell Trio Songbook" "Ton Lehrer Song Book" "Songs of Man" and "Songs For Swingin' Housemothers."

A good question is "Why Do You Cats Play?"


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: black walnut
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 07:43 AM

(Amen, Bobert, about the absence of referrals!)

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: dorareever
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 08:12 AM

my guitar has "stonehenge" written on it.That's all I know.
http://www.nenoguitars.com/images/acustiche/stone_neno.jpg

That's the only guitar of the same brand I ever seen,mine is similar,but is not the same.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Firecat
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 04:32 PM

Hiya!

I play cello, bodhran and keyboard and I sing a bit.


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Subject: RE: BS: What You Cats Play
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 03 Dec 02 - 12:17 PM

hmmm.

Welcome to the cat box Jazzyjack.

WHAT:

A Saga kit, 5 string and an Alvarez 5 string. The both greatly modified for old timey thumpiness. (using only the best socks stuffed into the back of the "pots" behind the heads). Both tuned DOWN a full note; Saga to F and Alvarez to B. The Alvarez some times has nylon strings, the Saga sometimes a steel banjo mute.

A new Gibson Songbird.

A "decal" 'A' model style mandolin

A 15 bar Oscar Schmidt autoharp

a bunch of penny whistles of many different makes and keys, none were a penny but none were more than $8 (US).

Sometimes an old Sears electric organ that I got free.

WHERE:

In Church, at re-enactments and other living history gatherings, on the porch, at our local bar, on the levee downtown and anywhere else I can get away with it. Oh and on the street occasionally.

WHEN:

Been doing it since late Spring of 1959. I used to play a stand-up bass in a jazz trio before that.

CB


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: Cleanhead
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 01:16 AM

Martin DM, most of time and like Mudlark I sing a bit, and like many singers, my playing ability stopped when I could accompany myself on most of the songs I wanted to sing (sad but true). Again like Mudlark an old 60's folkie I sing pretty well whatever, from 60's folk to a little rock (I belive much of the best rock will be folk music some day) a little blues some country and western. But in my opinion you should play whatever sounds best to you. Be it a 200 dollar fender a 3000 dollar martin or taylor or a 50 dollar no name you pick up in a yard sale.


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: Mr Happy
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 02:39 AM

keyboard [chord organ], whistles, harmonica, guitar, melodeon, vocalisations


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: Genie
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 07:57 AM

Jerry R., your story about your friend Luke Faust brings to mind the poem (and song) The Touch Of The Master's Hand .

JJ, I forgot to mention that, having taken 4 years of piano lessons back in the pleistocene age, I am beginning to pick it up again (in other words, actually practice sometimes), now that I have a keyboard. I hope to be able to play it in public again one of these months.

Genie


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 08:48 AM

Whistles, Northumbrian Smallpipes and sing

I mess around with a flute and some guitars, but not at the same time...


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: BuckMulligan
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 10:23 AM

A Gurian, Jumbo, from the pre-fire era (about 1972) whihc I've had since about 1981. My son & I also just got an Alvarez AJ60SC, which is a mighty sweet, ballsy guitar for the money. Occasionally he lets me muck around with his Gibson SG or his Strat. Same drill as so many others, leftover 60s folkie, unreconstructed and unapologetic.


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 10:40 AM

It ain't a guitar, that's for sure. Maggie the Fiddle is an early 1900's Lyon and Healy machine made fiddle with 12:1 geared tuning pegs (like a guitar/banjo). Cheap old thing, but she is a "banjo killer" and I love her! She was Mr.'s grandfathers way back when he played for dances. Well broken in............


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: bigchuck
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 10:50 AM

Guess I missed this one the first time through. Lets see now.....

Guitars: Taylor 710, Gibson Hummingbird, luthier made 12 fret slothead dreadnaught, and I just got a Guild F-50 rosewood jumbo that I suspect I'll be playing a lot.

Other: Vega Little Wonder banjo (by Deering), 1920 Gibson A mandolin, homemade mandolin, Howe-Orme Mandola, Flatiron Bouzouki, and a couple of old fiddles that I don't do much with. Mostly I play guitar, banjo and mandolin.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: Little Robyn
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 06:55 PM

My main instrument now is Northumbrian Smallpipes but I also play piano accordian for the local Morris Dancers and at diddley sessions. My husband usually plays guitar but recently has been playing electric bass in a diddley band.
However, we have a large cupboard full of instruments we have worked our way through over the years - various guitars including a lute guitar, 5string banjo, Oscar Schmit autoharp, 3string dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin, minstral's harp, concertina, whistles, recorders, flutes, you name it - it's probably there.
But no brass!
Oh, we also have a Casio keyboard and there's an old pedal organ out in the rumpus room. That's not to mention the various percussion instruments and the odd indigenous things that turn up in the trade aid shops. If it plays a tune, I'll give it a go, and if it's not too expensive I'll buy it!


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 07:23 PM

Martin D35(1969)had from new,Tanglewood Earth poseur guitar,Maya 5
string resonator banjo,Docherty Mandolin,all with WHITE Calton cases.
A set of Chieftan Aluminium whistles,a set of Tony Dixon plastic whistles,Mid 20's Dallas open back 5 string,Mid 20's Vega COPY short
scale tenor banjo,Gianni Mandolin,Applause Ukulele,Melody Maker mando
banjo,Antoria Semi-acoustic 333 copy guitar,Home made (by a Friend)
Bass Guitar,Ozark Banjola,C and G Hohner chromatic Harmonicas,most of a set of Shaw whistles,and a voice like broken coke bottles being crushed under a door.Two P A set ups,and full Equity membership.Yes,
the fools actually pay me to play often enough.


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: Mudlark
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 10:15 PM

I've read thru this whole thread again just for the fun of seeing all these great instruments being named and talked about...and obviously cherished. What a rush...


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 03:33 AM

I started with a Martin Bb Tenor saxophone (according to the factory, made 5 years before I was born), added a King Eb Alto Sax and a Selmer Bb clarinet sometime along the way in high school.

Unfortunately, my kids have played all of the above - without good maintenance - so the pads have all fallen out and they are all currently unplayable. The above is somewhat irrelevant since my teeth all fell out and I couldn't play them now anyway.

I acquired a "full rack" of p'whistles (C, G, D, A, F, Bb, ...) somewhere during my early festival days, when I was noted for never missing a note while sipping my beer and not dropping my cig.

Somewhere else along the line I picked up a fairly full set of harmonicas - currently missing only a good C to be able to not play very well in any key.

During the early years of festival going I got my first mando - a Washburn A style, and on one occasion got drunk enough to think I was playing it. Several in the campsite were also drunk enough to think the same, but when I sobered up the next day I found that it was a totally recalcitrant instrument from which ordinary humans could not coax music - so I entered semi retirement in the mando performance area for a few years. (And enjoyed a little more music and a lot less "drunk" at the festivals.)

While on a work transfer from Kansas to Seattle, I met a sweet young thing who had an urge to visit her mother in Texas, so on the way to taking her there we stopped at my favorite festival in Winfield Kansas, where she became enamored of "music stuff" and bought a kit for a mountain dulcimer - which of course I was delegated to assemble. We tripped back from Seattle for the next three year's festivals, and then moved back to Kansas just to cut the travel time.

Her interest in "music stuff" led to a revival of my mando career, and ultimately to a much more expensive Vega F-style - currently unplayable because the knobs all crumbled and fell off the tuners.

Three mountain dulcimers, hand built. One new purchased "pretty" laptop dulcimer for the loved one. One (and possibly the only in existence) double bass washtub bass (two tubs). One no-name Chinese standup bass. One Washburn acoustic-electric bass guitar. A Stagi English Concertina (her venture into the world of chromaticity). And a couple of keyboards used mostly for notation input.

And my current number 1 instrument - a no-name all plywood A-style mandolin, currently sporting a bridgecap whittled out of a clothespin when the original cracked on the second day of last year's festival.

Fortunately, I only play for my own enjoyment - so I have none of that "acquisition syndrome" stuff to contend with.

John


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Subject: RE: What You Cats Play
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 03:49 AM

Columbus Washboard Company "Maidrite" stainless steel washboard; metal thimbles (probably from John Lewis) mixture of large & medium sizes; quart scrumpy jug (glass);Chinese-made "Victory" harmonica in unknown key (for train noises only); anonymous metal kazoo replacing longserving Christmas cracker plastic one which finally died (these 2 on neck rack); voice made for mime. All stored in cotton "Laskarina Holidays" shopping bag with Mudcat patch on.

RtS
(chutzpah no substitute for ability)


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